Since the World Super Powers decided that the Middle East should stay a battle ground for decades to come, a lot of people flee their own bombed out countries. Of course the Super Powers have no intention of hosting the many, many refugees, so instead they end up in Europe. Some have literally nothing, a plastic bag with some belongings. Others bring their own staff and expensive cars.
This photograph was taken about 40 meters from where I took the previous one of a desperate looking man. I turned around and I looked at the Chinese brothers and sisters of the Falun Gong [ Wiki ] with a completely different attitude towards rain. Most of us here in rainy Amsterdam look at rain as something unpleasant or disruptive. The Chinese just stand there – hands in the air – as though infinite blessings are raining down on them. They are highly spiritual souls and at the same time practical enough to bring enough rain protection gear.
I am not much of a traveller these days but I used to wonder the globe as a photojournalist until I was so fed up with it all that I decided to go for a desk job. That became boring even sooner than I could have ever imagined. So once over I started my own company. Home based so that I would have all the comfort in the world while still getting to meet interesting people. I know where and when I really lost my interest in traveling for the magazine. It was in 1981 traveling from Los Angeles to La Paz in a blue Toyota with American license plates. At that time the feelings of Mexicans where quite hostile towards Americans. I expect very little has changed since then.
It has been three weeks since I left Moscow but in my mind I am still there. I really love this city with its enormous buildings with huge spaces, the variety of colors and the people. Dammit, I even miss the endless traffic jams.
For most tourists Amsterdam is the ultimate destination for Drugs, Sex & Rock ‘n Roll but it can be a very foggy, rainy and windy city too. Despite all that tourism is still booming and double the amount of tourists Amsterdam has hosted this year will come over in 2017. That means waiting lines in Super Markets and a lot of annoyed bicyclists.
I like to think I am pretty good with backups. Even if the house is on fire, I am pretty sure 98% of my work will survive such a catastrophe. While working on this new blog however I suddenly realized I could not find the backup of the original Blinded by the Light blog I maintained in the 1990s. Thank god for the Way Back Machine. It is a tedious job though to cut & paste about 200 texts.
Photo: © Hans van der Kamp – 1979